Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Elite marathoners have wheels

So my EKG was normal (or actually I have a borderline long QT interval for what its worth and I have clinical bradycardia but he gave me a pass since I do the running/skiing thing). I was given the greenlight to train lightly until my full cardio workup next tuesday. I did a sweet 15 mile roller ski today in 90 minutes, so that's averaging 5:54/mile, which is about 15 s/mile faster than my faster skis. It was a pretty ez ski although I wish that I'd had a HR monitor to compare with running. I've been working on really leaning forward at the ankles and getting my hips forward and maybe this increased my speed some or maybe I just was excited by the beautiful weather. I definitely had to remind myself to slow down on the short climbs and I got a little perky on the trip back downhill to the car. Still, today just seemed fast. 5:54/mile.

This got me thinking about comparing running paces. 5:54 is about my 8K/5M race pace but it certainly seemed faster than I could run. This led me to think about elite marathoners who are cranking out 4:45 miles. Holy shit. I did one mile under 5 minutes (4:57.67) and it was downhill and I was on wheels! I think those guys must be on wheels too.

4 comments:

  1. Glad you got the green light to train. You going to run the Sea Dogs 5K this year? I just realized it's conducive to my schedule.

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  2. Keep us posted, Jeff - I'm glad things look good so far and that you're getting out for some awesome rollering!

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  3. Super glad you're OK man. Relatively speaking, cause you're a running, skiing, science addict and all...

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  4. Ya, 4:45 marathon pace is sick stuff. I'd be happy to be able to run 5-K's at that pace and those guys are running that pace for a marathon and throwing down 4:15-4:20 surge miles in the middle. Damn.

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